We are thrilled to announce the five operas that comprise our 2017–18 season! Our 55th anniversary season will feature three operas never before seen on the Minnesota Opera stage, as well as new productions of two classics. We hope you’ll agree that this will truly be an exciting season.

We’ll see you at the opera!  

 


 

GAETANO DONIZETTI

OCTOBER 7, 10, 12, 14 & 15

 

A toast to Tinseltown. This production of Donizetti’s bubbly farce presents the miserly aristocrat Don Pasquale as a silent movie star facing the end of his career in 1950s Hollywood. Locked in a battle of wits and wills with his lovesick nephew Ernesto and the crafty widow Norina, Pasquale must grapple with the new problems and possibilities of the modern technicolor world. It takes the clever scheming of the family doctor to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson—but not before a series of amusing catastrophes threaten to shatter his ego for good.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

 

 


 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS
MOZART

NOVEMBER 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 & 19

 

Love is a battlefield. Love is in the air in this new staging of Mozart’s timeless comedy of errors, widely considered the perfect opera. Mozart’s infectious score and Da Ponte’s witty dialogue bring humor, drama, and humanity to this story of class struggle. It should be the happiest day of their lives, but the wily servant Figaro and his charming fiancée Susanna must fend off the philandering, arrogant Count Almaviva before he ruins everything. On a day filled with chaos and confusion in which disguised identities are revealed and shenanigans ensue, will the young lovers finally make it to the altar?

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

 

 


 

JAKE HEGGIE

JANUARY 27, 28 & 30

FEBRUARY
1 & 3

 

Divine intervention. The most performed new opera of the 21st century, this heartbreaking story of grief, grace, and redemption is a modern classic. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir that inspired the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, it recounts her courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution. With a powerful libretto by Terrence McNally and lyrical music by Jake Heggie—praised as one of the great living opera composers—Dead Man Walking has moved audiences world-wide since its premiere.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

 

 


 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

MARCH 17, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 & 31

 

A fool’s revenge. Verdi’s time-honored tale of seduction and bitter revenge is boldly imagined in this new production. The disfigured jester Rigoletto must do everything in his power to protect his innocent daughter from the lecherous Duke of Mantua before she falls into his clutches. Brimming with rich melodies in verdant color and featuring the famous aria “La donna è mobile,” Rigoletto tragically unfurls as it races toward its devastating conclusion.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

 

 


 

JULES MASSENET

MAY 12, 15, 17, 19 & 20

 

Give in to temptation. A devout monk seeks to convert Thaïs, a ravishingly beautiful courtesan, but realizes too late that his pious obsession is rooted in lust, not religion. Minnesota Opera produces Massenet’s sensual and melodic creation for the first time with Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce (Rusalka, Tosca, The Shining) in the glamorous title role. Set in the deserts and oases of 4th-century Egypt, this searing drama explores the conflict between the passion of the flesh and the salvation of the soul.

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.

 

 


 

 

 

Please note: A non-discountable $3 per-ticket Arts Partnership facility fee is included in the package prices listed above. Student / Senior Discounts are available on Thursday and Sunday only, areas B-F. Seniors 62+ may renew online, over the phone, or in person. At this time, student subscription discounts are only available via phone or in person.

*Section F is partial view. Stage and/or English translations may be obstructed from seats in this area.

All operas are performed in Ordway’s Music Theater. Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change.


 

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